On Your Marks, Get Set, Stitch!
A fantastic project is underway to create 14,000 pennants, one for each participant of the London 2012 games and the organisers are looking for your help!
Quilts4London is a fantastic project to make pennants for all the athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The aim is to make an A3-sized pennant for each athlete participating in the Games - about 14,000 pennants in total.
The organisers, who spoke about the project at the Voluntary Arts ‘Growing the Grassroots’ seminar on Tuesday (18 October 2011), need to get many pennants made by the end of this year, so are looking for people to help make the pennants and also spread the word about this fantastic project which has been awarded the Inspire Mark.
The project is open to people of all ages and abilities and gives quilters, felt makers, embroiderers and textile artists the opportunity to express their support through the medium of fabric, fibre and stitch.
The idea came from quilters Irene Heathcote and Catherine Hill. Instructions and templates are freely downloadable from the website at www.quilts4london.org.uk. The International Felt Makers Association, Batik Guild, Cross Stitch Guild, UK Hand Knitting Association, Guild of Silk Painters, the Braid Society, and the Woodturners of Great Britain are involved – it is a wonderful way to showcase the diverse forms of textiles.
Marilyn Lovett, President of the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles said: 'Being part of the Cultural Olympiad creates a real buzz, with people feeling that they too could be involved in the spirit of the Games.'